NASCAR completes its West Coast tour with the Auto Club 400 at Fontana’s Auto Club Speedway (ACS). As a relatively young track, having only hosted NASCAR since 1997, the venue may not be as familiar to race fans. But that’s where we come in. Here are our Fast Facts to know before pulling up to the track in Fontana this Sunday and for other events during the racing season.
1. You can possibly skip the line
One of the biggest headaches for a NASCAR tailgater can be the line to get into the venue. Auto Club Speedway is capitalizing on that by offering a limited number of “Front of the Line” passes that enable the holder to bypass the line when they arrive on race day. They’ll cost you an extra $100 on top of purchasing your infield RV space. If you’re willing to shell out the extra dough, you must call the track directly – you can’t get a “Front of the Line” pass online.
2. Once you’re in, you’re in
ACS does not allow vehicles to exit and re-enter the infield. If you need to leave before the conclusion of Sunday’s race for any reason, you’ll have to surrender your infield pass. So before you get to the track, it’s a very good idea to double-check that you have everything you’re going to need for the day.
3. You might want to spend the weekend
The NASCAR action doesn’t start at Auto Club Speedway until Sunday, but when it comes to purchasing infield admission tickets – which are separate from the price for your tailgating space – the track favors those who buy the full weekend. A weekend wristband will cost you $100, while Sunday alone is $55.
Plus, Sunday-only wristbands are only available on Sunday, which means everyone will be trying to get them at the exact same time you are. If you have the time and money, you might save yourself some stress by extending your trip.
4. Make sure you check your parking pass
The good news is that unlike at many major entertainment venues, parking at ACS is free. Not only that, but the parking lots open well before gate time — bright and early at 5 a.m. — to ensure that you won’t miss any action while in line to park your car.
But that system only works if you know where you’re going. Every vehicle that shows up on Sunday must have a parking pass that’s color-coded for a specific lot, which is assigned to you on a first-come, first-serve basis when you buy your tickets.
How do you know what you have? Each pass has a map and directions on the back, so be sure that you read it to know where you’re headed and that it’s displayed properly in your window so that you get into the lot without delay. If you need even more information, ACS has an entire parking directions page.
5. Kyle Busch to be inducted into ACS Walk of Fame
Every track has something happening on race weekend. For ACS, their pride and joy is the speedway’s Walk of Fame, which recognizes all its race winners. This year’s inductee is Kyle Busch, who’s scheduled to be added again at 11:15 a.m. on Friday, March 20. No word on if Busch will be present this time given his injuries suffered in his early-season Xfinity Series race, but his fans may want to make a point of attending.
Complete RV and camping information, plus a full guest guide, is available on the ACS website. The Auto Club 400 takes place on Sunday, March 21.